A non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of older adults in the Greater Milwaukee was the recipient of a $45,000 grant.
Luther Manor, which provides housing, care and other services to older adults, received the grant to make improvements to its Lakefield Adult Day Services, a program operated out of the St. John Lutheran Church in Grafton.
The grant for the improvements comes from the Helen Bader Foundation, Inc., which supports worthy organizations working in key areas affecting the quality of life in Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and Israel.
“The Helen Bader Foundation has been so supportive of adult day services in Wisconsin for the last 20 years, helping many to develop, get started or expand services like we are going to do,” said Beth Meyer-Arnold, director of Luther Manor Adult Day Services.
The Lakefield Adult Day center is one of two sites where Luther Manor provides adult day services, which include everything from creative engagement opportunities to nursing care. The Grafton site opened in 1997, serving on average two people a day, two days a week. Since then, the program has grown to serve 21 people daily – with a license to serve 24, five days a week.
The program was first offered in the church’s former nursery area; and the kitchen was used for meal preparation. As participation increased, the program expanded into the fellowship hall. Although grateful for the additional space, the Lakefield staff has discovered the cement block, shiny tile floor and vaulted ceilings of the hall present challenges to effectively delivering programs.
“This area can be very loud and echoing, which can be agitating or distressing to some of our clients,” said Kathy Glaser, who manages the Grafton site.
Another challenge is providing personal care services. The space available for providing these services is a women’s restroom that staff equipped with a portable shower. Having retired the shower this spring, sponge baths are currently provided. When bathing care is taking place, two out of the four toilets in the restroom cannot be accessed.
The grant will enable Luther Manor to address these and other concerns.
Planned improvements include:
• Renovating the bathroom to into handicap accessible shower and personal care area;
• Furnishing the fellowship hall with removable flooring (wood laminate) and curtains (or fabric panels);
• Installing a dishwasher, garbage disposal and new cabinetry in, and re-painting the kitchen; and
• Adding wireless Internet capabilities.
“Being able to provide sensitive care for people with Alzheimer’s and personal care are two huge needs,” Meyer-Arnold said. “The grant helps us adjust to the changing needs of the population. We see people choosing to stay in the place they call home longer and longer, and we need to be able to help them preserve their independence and maintain the best possible health at the same time.”
An accredited Continuing Care Retirement Community, Luther Manor has been caring and advocating for seniors for more than 50 years. In addition to independent housing, assisted living and long-term care options, Luther Manor offers rehabilitation, adult day and supportive services, hospice care and community outreach programs. For more information visit www.luthermanor.org.
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